International experience is of great importance for leadership development as businesses grow anywhere in the world, but some international tasks are more interesting career opportunities than others, research shows. German and Swiss researchers who investigated the career paths of more than 160 CEOs at some of the biggest multinational companies based in Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom found four circumstances that determined if international experience accelerated career development:
- Period an executive had been on international assignment.
- Distance from company headquarters assignments had been.
- Kind of industry the executive worked in.
- Importance of global expansion for the business.
The study, by Dimitrios Georgakakis, Winfried Ruigrok, and Tobias Dauth, was published in 2016 in the Journal of World Business. According...